vista won't boot past welcome screen

I have a dell laptop that will not advance past the welcome screen. If I hit CTRL, alt, delete a few times I can get the task manager, cancel and get to the desk top. any ideas on what's causing this?
this is running vista home premium 32bit

I have tried;
restore point to several days ago 4/22/10 = NO GOOD
stopping ALL start and services in msconfig = NO GOOD
conducting a check disk externally =  will update later.
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this is the perfect opportunity for you to dump vista

other than that, check your event logs (start > eventvwr) for oddities and let us know what it's complaining about

if any chance that you might have a virus (or mcafee, which is just as bad) you might do well to run combofix

if you have mcafee, you need a specific fix, lemmie know if you do
maybe u should be more specific.
they did not pass welcome screen? what are the error message?
blank screen with no icon?
Did you try a repair on the vista? try recovery console
you can run a repair :
provided the disk turns out to be ok..
When i read the topic the i already knew the answer before reading the question. The solution is simple get rid of vista.

How much ram do you have on that computer? If you are running anything under 2gb you can expect it to take a very LONG time to startup. In msconfig try diagnostic startup and see if it makes a difference, also disable GUI boot.
SRMawsonAuthor Commented:
Ran out of time in trying to deal with the specific problem. I ran the start up repair and it did not work, spoke to another tech here in this area and he stated that there was a virus running at the same time, there by locking at that point, ended up rebuilding the os and getting the laptop back to them.

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